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    I purchased my german shepherd last week. he is a male 17 weeks old.i have never owned a GSD before and so many people are negative about this breed. Typical aggression comments and apart from my pre teen kids no one will go near him. He is affectionate, licks our faces and plays with our one and half year old maltese cross. Took Dylan to his first obedience class and he went nuts. i wasnt concerned with the barking or the fact that he looked like he wanted to rip the other 50 dogs throats out at training, i was thinking this is going to be a massive challenge for me. so my question to any people who have a GSD is when can i start walking him for atleast 30 minutes per day ? dont want to over do excerise becauase of growing joints.what should i do when approached by another dog on a walk ?. get him focused on me with treat rewards as other dog walks past or move to the other side of the street? I know socialisation is very important but with this breed do i need to double it ? Any tips to make sure Dylan knows that I am the alpha in the family. thanks for any advice given. Kaz

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    Hi Kaz. 17 weeks? he's just a little puppy still. But has he not been socialised AT ALL within that first 17 weeks?

    Who's negative to you about the breed?

    You can start walking him whenever you want to, but you really need to work with his lack of socialisation towards other dogs asap. Scoialisation as a whole does not need to be made any more extreme for this breed as any other, but the point remains that he sounds like he's missed out on all socialisation so far. Where's he been?

    I assume he does not portray this behaviour with humans - or does he?

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    I'm a first time GSD owner too
    My boy is 6.5 months and his walks are around the 30 minute mark. We haven't actually come across too many dogs on our walks but when we do Troopa will usually stop to suss them out as we get close, I continue walking and say 'Troopa come' and it's always been enough to get him to focus on the walk again.

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    No Dylan has not been properly socialised nor even taken on a walk with a lead and no he doesnt act this way with humans.( so far ).

    My last dog was a golden retreiver and i know i cant treat my GSD the same as i would a golden. I need to ensure that Dylan knows Iam the boss not the other way around. any suggestions in this area as i need to enforce it now as i have only had him a week now.

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    You keep stating that he needs to know you're the boss, but I can't comment until i understand what it is that makes you feel he doesn't see you as the boss. Heck, he's been there a week. He's gone through so much change, new ppl, new place, possibly new food. At least give him time to settle into the new place, ppl and routine as well.

    What makes you suggest he is the boss???

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    I am not suggesting he is the boss. He is very very smart. sitting on command, paying attention to me when asked, down positioning etc already. I just wanted some feedback on how to establish a on going alpha relationship with my dog who is going to be 45 kgs and who is breed to guard. i am going to invest alot of time into Dylan to ensure he is happy and have no issues of dominance over me. been there done that with a cattle dog and the cattle dog won. i tried eveything weekly obedience training and took the advice of numerous & seasoned dog trainers and and still he was the alpha. i just dont want to make that mistake with Dylan. I understand its early days he is new to the family and looks like he his settling in well, just needed some advice in this area

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    May I ask...why hasn't he been socialised? What are the circumstances to have you got him?

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    Ah okay, I understand now.

    Bad expereinces are bad, I agree, but that cattle dog is in the past. Great that you are wiser from it, but don't be afraid of things that may never happen again.

    There are a lot of threads on this forum about "alpha" placing, or being the leader. Have a good look through them and you may find them of some use.

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    and this is why first time dog owners shouldn't have pups when they haven't done their research. *sigh*

    Your dog is going through its fear period - you need to use calming techniques in order to reinforce that there are some things.

    DO NOT walk this puppy 30 mins a day. he needs 3 10 minute bits of exercise per day - this includes training. A dogs mind needs to be worked.

    This dog doesn't need to know you are boss - he needs to know he has a good, level headed leader who knows what they want.

    Every dog needs socialisation. Why own a dog if you are part of the paranoia and stigma?

    Rufus is ACE but thats because Im relaxed and even when he does get in a scrape - which he has with a dog or two that has gotten under his feet (he loathes that) - I dont panic or go on about it. I remove him from the situation.

    Dogs fight - it's a fact. Kids fight...adults fight...

    It is part of life.

    This aggression you are seeing is uncertainty - a need to defend himself because his leadership is not clear. Be a good, honest and fair leader and he will grow up well. Be a dominineering, aggressive owner and you will end up with a dog who is that same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    and this is why first time dog owners shouldn't have pups when they haven't done their research. *sigh*
    Your dog is going through its fear period - you need to use calming techniques in order to reinforce that there are some things.

    DO NOT walk this puppy 30 mins a day. he needs 3 10 minute bits of exercise per day - this includes training. A dogs mind needs to be worked.

    This dog doesn't need to know you are boss - he needs to know he has a good, level headed leader who knows what they want.

    Every dog needs socialisation. Why own a dog if you are part of the paranoia and stigma?

    Rufus is ACE but thats because Im relaxed and even when he does get in a scrape - which he has with a dog or two that has gotten under his feet (he loathes that) - I dont panic or go on about it. I remove him from the situation.

    Dogs fight - it's a fact. Kids fight...adults fight...

    It is part of life.

    This aggression you are seeing is uncertainty - a need to defend himself because his leadership is not clear. Be a good, honest and fair leader and he will grow up well. Be a dominineering, aggressive owner and you will end up with a dog who is that same.
    Great post.

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